This is a developing story. This post will change as I learn more.
Cortina is a privately owned company that designs and sells communication semiconductors to Telecom equipment manufacturers. They lack the capital assets to make such a purchase, and have obtained funding from outside sources.
My initial reaction is mild dissapointment. I was hoping the divestiture of the Intel assets would trigger much needed consolidation in the Comm Semi industry (see Intel’s Communication Group – Destiny Fulfilled ).
I am hopeful that this is the first of several acquisitions to be made by a consortium of investors, led by Cortina.
At this time I do not know exactly what components were sold and what price paid. It is also unclear where the optical module assets of Intel will land, though I expect either Finisar (FNSR) or Avago to purchase those.
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UPDATE 9/5/06 – 5:10 PM– Eric Savitz at Barrons has confirmed the rumor, an announcement is forthcoming September 11th.